ELKIN — Coming off of their first win of the season on Wednesday, Elkin had a tough bout with North Wilkes in the Friday night feature.
In the end, North Wilkes poured on 34 points in the second half as they went on to win 48-16.
For Elkin (1-13, 0-5 MVAC), this week has been up and down. It started on the road against Alleghany, where the players struggled to play a full 32 minutes both in rebounding and on making defensive stops. Then, on Wednesday against South Iredell, it was as if a lightbulb went on over their heads. They played with intensity, outrebounding their opponent for the first time all season, and making defensive stops. That paid off, as they won 58-50 in a thrilling game.
That momentum carried over on defense in the first half Friday, as neither team could put the ball in the basket in the opening 4:55 of the game. They’d hold North Wilkes to 5 points in the first quarter, but had nothing offensively to show for it. They kept themselves within reach at halftime down only 14-4, but the Vikings came out in the second half ready to shoot, burying the Buckin’ Elks.
Not all is lost for the Buckin’ Elks, as they can look back at this week, and realize the good that can come from playing a full 32 minutes on both sides of the ball, and the consequences that can come when they’re not making stops defensively, even if only for a moment.
Make no mistake. The team they played Friday night is a good team. North Wilkes (7-6, 3-1 MVAC) has shooters, and after dropping its first conference game against Wilkes Central, it has now won their past three.
This upcoming week marks final exams for the Buckin’ Elks, but along with studying for trigonometry and world history, they’ll be studying up on East Wilkes, who they play on the road Friday night. East Wilkes has a game Tuesday night at Alleghany, but if that doesn’t go as planned, Friday will feature two teams looking for their first conference win.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.